The Great Grayson

The Great Grayson

Every year textile students of St Martin’s art school are given the opportunity of a lifetime: to design a dress for eccentric artist Grayson Perry. The process is long with tough weekly rounds such as The Week of Dreams, where students bring their ideas and samples to Perry for initial assessment (hint: Perry might be […]

In Which Mariusz Tarkawian Predicts The Future Of Contemporary Art

In Which Mariusz Tarkawian Predicts The Future Of Contemporary Art

I’m sure that, like writers, artists are not immune to creative block. For renowned artists especially, the pressure to come up with something innovative that keeps pace with the fresh onslaught of new contemporaries graduating every year is no mean feat. If reading the runic social media stones and riding the cultural zeitgeist proves too […]

Raja Role-Play

Raja Role-Play

Nikhil Chopra is a diverse artist who blurs the boundaries between theatre, performance, photography, sculpture and painting. Chopra creates fictional characters which form the basis of improvisations and photography, sometimes inhibiting performance characters for days on end (perhaps a contender to Daniel-Day Lewis’ Oscar hat-trick?). Born in Calcutta, in 1974, Chopra’s world of make-believe actually […]

Birds of a feather stick to – biscuits?

Birds of a feather stick to – biscuits?

Lorraine Berkshire-Roe, an illustrator from Oxford, has improved on the age-old saying by proving that the odd couple of birds and biscuits make for an entertaining combination. Berkshire-Roe’s sweet sculptures raise a smile as an assorted aviary of common garden birds perch upon the humble biscuits we dunk in our mid-morning and afternoon cuppa. These […]

Will The Real Bambi Please Stand Up?

Will The Real Bambi Please Stand Up?

It’s the greatest mystery to rock London Town since Phil Mitchell’s secret killer in Eastenders – who is a spray-can happy street artist Bambi? The mysterious graffiti artist has been leaving her mark on shop doors and buildings across the capital, but unlike her wobbly legged namesake Bambi’s swift on her feet and her true […]

Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck

Ron Mueck’s current exhibition at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (April 16th – October 27th) provides an opportunity to look at the Australian artist’s stunning back catalogue. Considering the time that must go into creating his monumental sculptures the rarity of a Mueck exhibition is unsurprising. However, his ridiculous productivity is! This has made selecting a […]

Answers on a Postcard: Mr Bingo’s First Class Hate Mail

Answers on a Postcard: Mr Bingo’s First Class Hate Mail

  Congratulations! You’re Awesome! Good Luck With Your New Job! Happy Anniversary Baby! Greetings cards – get a grip. This is the age of austerity, unemployment and broken dreams, and the card industry needs to reflect that. It’s (probably) a fact that sales for cards relating gainful employment to some kind of congratulatory sentiment have […]

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are?

  Last weekend kicked off Liverpool’s second international photography biennial, LOOK/13, with a range of events as a precursor to four weeks of talks, tours, exhibitions, workshops and screenings. Both emerging and established photographers have been asked to participate in LOOK/13’s Who Do You Think You Are?, and in the age of the ‘selfie’, questions regarding […]

Legendary – Ray Harryhausen

Legendary – Ray Harryhausen

I was deeply saddened by the recent death of Ray Harryhausen on May 7th, aged 92. It was another nail in the coffin of my childhood, like when they banned the blue Smartie and 5ive split up. Only, Harryhausen’s passing is infinitely sadder because a vast number of my childhood memories are inextricably linked to […]

Cock Among The Pigeons

Cock Among The Pigeons

  Katharina Fritsch – farmyard sculpture A giant, blue cockerel is the latest sculpture to adorn Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. However, Katharina Fritsch’s farmyard sculpture has ruffled a few feathers and sparked a planning objection from Thorney Island Society. The association claimed the sculpture to be”totally inappropriate; however fanciful and dramatic it might appear to […]

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